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Opportunity to meet Flag Officers from the NAVY at their Stars & Stripes Reception
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Opportunity to meet Flag Officers from the NAVY at their Stars & Stripes Reception

The U.S. Department of the NAVY hosted and invited our members to attend the Stars & Strips reception held during the Black Engineers Awards Conference on February 18, 2011.  The NAVY (Flag Officers) had round-table discussions with the students based on their interest in a career in science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM).  

On Saturday, February 19th, the Patriots attended the conference where hundreds of organizations were available to help our youth focus on the importance of STEM related fields in an effort to develop the necessary leadership skills to be successful in their future career goals.

The day began with a presentation from Granville Coggs, MD a Tuskegee Airman. He amused the attendees with his fascinating life story which began as he trained as an aerial gunner and was commissioned in 1944 as a bombardier, flying the B-25 Mitchell bomber. More than 60 years later, he along with everyone associated with the Tuskegee Airmen's three groups received long-overdue recognition.  At a ceremony in the Rotunda of the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C., President George W. Bush and legislative leaders honored the Airmen with the Congressional Gold Medal.  The former Lieutenant Coggs, who is now Dr. Coggs, a radiologist with more than 50 years of experience, called the hour-long ceremony the proudest event of his life. 

Tracee Strum-Gilliam introduced Tasha Edmonds, Thomas Perry, Crystal Sanders, Greer Gillis and Stan Smith of Parsons Brinckerhoff (PB).  PB is one of the world's leading planning, engineering, and program and construction management organizations whose   clients entrust them to have significant impact on the lives of those who live and work in their communities. The PB group provided an interactive workshop on catapult and the Cable Stayed Bridge construction activity.  All of the students were engaged and inspired as they formed teams to design and build their own bridges.   

The Exhibit Hall provided the chance for students to network with the host of the brightest technology minds in the country.  High school members received opportunities to make contacts with colleges and professional recruiters that were on hand to assist them with their college and career goals.  Additionally, hands-on activities such as a flight simulator demonstration and mobile robots were available.  And, last but not least, our members were able to watch the fierce Robotic Competition.

 

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